A Florida man who was previously committed to an area mental hospital following the fatal shooting of a truck driver, was stopped by police on Sunday and found to be carrying a small arsenal, en route to a local flea market where he’d intended on selling some of his guns.
David Harris Dunaway who was wanted by federal authorities for separate gun violations, was stopped by police for speeding, when following a subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of 36 guns and 4,629 rounds of ammunition.
In 1992, after running his car off the road, Dunaway allegedly shot and killed Leonard Allen Brown, a truck driver who refused to give him a ride. In court, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Due to the nature of his diagnosis and condition, Dunaway is legally prohibited from owning firearms. Federal officials are looking closer at him now in possible relation to a number of other criminal investigations.
How Dunaway came into possession of the arsenal and why he was even released from the hospital both remain mysteries, however as state and federal authorities continue tightening their budgets at the expense of mental health treatments, and with gun sales spiking over the past years, flooding the nation with guns, Dunaway is among the first such cases of the new year to bring into question how serious America is with gun control.
Described as “criminally insane,” the 58-year old is presently in the custody of US Marshalls and awaiting arraignment for the new charges.